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Poster: Spuzz Date: Sep 16, 2003 6:43am
Forum: opensource Subject: What constitutes as valid?

I'm totally offended by the "Understanding Male Homosexual Problems: An Introduction for Latter-day Saints" posting. I am quite positive it is up there to share this MORON'S view of what is wrong and right.
Why is this even in the archive?

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Poster: molly Date: Sep 16, 2003 8:13am
Forum: opensource Subject: Re: What constitutes as valid?

Dear Spuzz,
The Archive intends to collect all human knowledge and make it available to everyone. We are sorry that this particular piece offends you, but we consider all viewpoints equally valuable.
Regards,
Molly

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Poster: dc422 Date: Apr 21, 2004 1:43am
Forum: opensource Subject: Re: What constitutes as valid?

Many people are offended by many things. This doesn’t mean that they should be suppressed or even excluded from a library. Obviously, whoever wrote the book wanted to advance their point of view. This is usually why people write things.

As someone who researches “stuff” the benefits of the archive would be greatly reduced if someone were to impose their values as to what constitutes a part of history and what does not. The more stuff we can have access to, the better.

For example, as you probably know many of the decisions that lead to the US Constitution looking the way it does were based on ideas that are downright offensive by today’s standards. Slavery, for example, was looked at not as a universal evil, but as something that delegates were willing to compromise. Now, anyone who wishes to apply (or rebut) a historical analysis of the constitution as it stands today would do well to look back at, for example, the contemporaneous writings of the delegates. If we are to exclude the writings which explicitly or implicitly endorse slavery then we would be closing off serious analysis of what is, by most accounts, a legitimate field of research. So, if you want to know why the electoral college is the way it is, you will probably have to look at the history behind Art. II, Sec. 2, cls. 2-3 and Art. I, Sec. 2, cl. 3. Put simply: it ain’t pretty.

Years from now we may need to look back at what prevailing attitudes were among all people about homosexuality. If you pick and choose what will go into the archive based on your beliefs then analysis of such views will be skewed, and a future historian would probably conclude that, homosexuality was universally tolerated and accepted by all faiths.

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Poster: GrooveTV Date: Sep 17, 2003 2:26am
Forum: opensource Subject: Re: What constitutes as valid?

I suggest you leave that feedback associated with the file in question, so you can be "on the record". Then upload some better writings/audio/video of your own.

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Poster: Diana Hamilton Date: Sep 17, 2003 11:39am
Forum: opensource Subject: Re: What constitutes as valid?

"upload some better writings... of your own"

Heh Marco, Spuzz already has that covered, all over the Prelinger archive. :)